House Transportation to Conduct Interim Study Regarding the Impact of Tall Structures in Military Training Airspace
Who: Oklahoma House of Representatives Transportation Committee
What: Interim Study Regarding the Impact of Tall Structures in Military Training Airspace
When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Where: Oklahoma State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Boulevard, Room 206, Oklahoma City, OK
Background: The goal of the study is to discuss the impact that tall structures have on Oklahoma military bases and their low-level military training routes, military drop zones, and military traffic patterns.
Building obstructions in these areas could reduce or eliminate the United States Air Force’s (USAF) ability to instruct low level navigation and low level airdrop operations causing a significant loss in operational capability for these bases. The essence of bases such as Altus and Vance is their access to readily available and clear airspace in western Oklahoma. USAF MTRs maximize safety, minimize environmental impact and ensure combat readiness.
“House District 52 is home to Altus Air Force Base in Altus. This military airspace problem was brought to my attention last year. We tried to enact legislation protecting military training airspace, but the parties could not agree on a solution,” said Ortega, R-Altus, who requested the study. “We have scheduled a balanced agenda with speakers from varying perspectives. I believe that industry can flourish, property rights should remain intact, and that our military airspace can be maintained and preserved. These parties can coexist and that is what I hope this interim study accomplishes.”
Welcome and Introductions, Rep. Steve Vaughan, Chairman, House Transportation Committee
District Director Craig Smith, on behalf of Congressman Steve Russell, 5th District Oklahoma
Lt. General Lee Levy, Commander, U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base
Jeffrey Clark, President, The Wind Coalition
Dave Belote, CEO, DARE Strategies LLC
6. Mike Cooper, Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission
7. Tom Buchanan, President, Oklahoma Farm Bureau
8. Brian Bush, President & CEO, Altus Chamber of Commerce
9. Victor Bird, Director, Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
10. Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President, Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association
11. Steven Sample, Deputy Director, Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse
12. Deano Cox, Area Manager, External Affairs, AT&T
13. Colonel Eric Carney, Commander, Altus Air Force Base, Air Education and Training Command
14. Other business
Oklahoma Military Aviation
Military aviation is responsible for the largest part of the Aviation and Aerospace Industry’s total economic activity, yielding $19.3 billion annually.
Tinker Air Force Base, the state’s largest single-site employer, having a $17.1 billion impact, Tinker supports 56,901 jobs with a $3.9 billion payroll, and has spending of $13.2 billion.
Altus Air Force Base, with an impact of $1.24 billion, supports 8,881 jobs with a payroll of $470 million and annual spending of $767 million.
Vance Air Force Base has an impact of $925 million and supports 6,310 jobs with a payroll of $301 million, and annual spending of $624 million.
Oklahoma Army National Guard aviation components have an impact of $32.5 million; support 557 jobs with a payroll of $21.3 million, and have annual spending of $11.2 million.